Ah, a 1 PM Expenses match … some thing feels comforting in that, familiar. On Saturday, the Buffalo Bills went to the Windy City (one of the finest food metropolitan areas in the US in my belief) and devoured a hopeful Bears workforce on their individual turf. Josh Allen did not enjoy. Numerous of the starters sat, nevertheless the Bears performed their #1s perfectly into the recreation, however the depth of this Charges group confirmed out nicely as they dominated the Chicago starters.
If these very last two video games imply what we hope they suggest, then Beane and McDermott have complied a person of the deepest rosters in the NFL. Dalton seemed worthless in opposition to our secondary, the match appeared to speed up a bit for Mr. Fields, and the Bears managing activity struggled to get heading.
Last but not least, the vaunted Bears protection appeared helpless against this Daboll offense. It was a great match with so a great deal to be psyched about, and you have to believe that Mitchell Trubisky had himself an ice cream cone right after his stellar functionality.
If in some way you skipped this activity, below are some highlights.
With all of that out of the way, listed here are 10 Issues I Think I Assume …
1. Mitch was the person … but he wasn’t great
Trubisky appeared reliable out there in opposition to his old crew. The previous initially-round select tore up the delicate underbelly of the Bears’ protection to the tune of 20 for 28 for 221 yards and a TD. He also additional just one spectacular operate for 11 yards. But whilst Trubisky deserves considerably praise and appeared like a leading #2, he was not excellent. He struggled with contact passes, screens, and so forth. On those passes, he threw large, not supplying his receivers the finest opportunity to make the enjoy. Nevertheless … pleasant activity, Mitch.
2. Damar Hamlin is a carpenter
Like a carpenter, my person, Hamlin, is aware how to lay the wood. It appeared like Hamlin was all about the industry hitting people today. He recovered a fumble induced by tackling-equipment, Matakevitch, and finished the sport with 4 tackles, a tackle for reduction, and a QB strike. I like the way this kid performs, and he seems to be like the very best depth the Expenditures have experienced at the Protection place for a prolonged time.
3. I feel bad for the first person who attempts to tackle Singletary
Dude. If you’re the to start with person heading just after Singletary, you are heading to search stupid. I never know what it is. He hates that very first tackler, and ideal now, Singletary appears to be like like a male participating in for anything. He’s bought some juice, some fireplace appropriate now that we didn’t see last 12 months. While it was good to see Zach Moss out there, Motor looks like he’s going to be the person. He only rushed the ball 2 times this activity (as Daboll seemed like he preferred to throw this recreation), he averaged 10.5 YPC, and his TD operate showed some shiftiness and footwork that make veteran DEs seem just simple foolish.
4. Rookies enhanced from 7 days 1 of the preseason
For these of us who had been unhappy in the very first showing of some of the Bills’ rookies past 7 days, the activity versus the Bears was a welcome scene. Wildgoose looked a great deal improved this match. He was not lost, and I was content with his physicality. McCloud of the clan McCloud shouted, “There can be only just one!” and picked off a Dalton pass and extra 4 tackles and a pass defensed, and Marquez Stevenson did his greatest Carl Lewis impersonation as be blew by the Bears’ Unique Groups unit for a 79 garden kick return TD. Olaijah Griffin did not search so superior. His horrific block on that punt return was some weak sauce, and he’ll need to show a large amount much more to even make the apply workforce.
5. Boogie Basham had a better recreation than persons believe
Ok. It is develop into considerably trendy correct now in Bills Mafia to be down on Basham, and it’s considerably reasonable, as he is not demonstrating out like Rousseau (a lot more on him later on), but he was not bad this activity. His move hurry requirements some work, that is true. He seems to wrestle versus all levels of linemen, but I assumed he showed a large amount in stopping the operate video game. His bottom pursuit was remarkable to me, and he finished the video game foremost the workforce with five tackles, a sack, two tackles for decline, and two QB hits. He didn’t pop on the screen, but this was a sound outing for Boogie.
6. AJ Epenesa pancaked an offensive lineman
Dude, that left tackle has kids, bro. Not interesting. Epenesa absolutely freight-qualified a Bears’ Left Tackle on Saturday’s sport. AJ is searching rapidly, hunting potent. He appears to be to have developed into his system some and identified the suitable excess weight to speed ratio he wants. I’ve been amazed with his aggressiveness, and I just cannot wait to see what he does this time.
7. Isaiah McKenzie is not just a gadget guy
I know, for all of the Stevenson stans out there, McKenzie’s muffed reasonable catch may well look like roster doom for Lil’ Filthy, but let us be genuine. McKenzie has outgrown his “gadget guy” job in this offense. He can get open versus commencing-caliber deal with gentlemen, and he has amazingly absolutely sure arms! Previous year, he experienced a capture charge of 88.2%, and in his occupation he has only four job drops. Versus the Bears, he led the staff with seven catches for 72 yards. Even if he doesn’t become the return guy for this workforce, he is likely to make the ultimate 53, and it amazes me that some other GM did not provide him a greater contract.
8. The legend of Reggie Gilliam grows!
Each Bills’ admirer retains their breath when we see our boy, Josh, have to act like a fullback in shorter yardage. We have not had one more solution … until eventually now. In these two preseason games, Reggie Gilliam has been employed continuously for shorter yardage problem, and consequently far, he is undefeated. He’s blowing by means of the line with power, and he showed some outstanding footwork when he bounced outside the house for a TD. Not only that, but this gentleman is having souls when he blocks for the operate recreation. He concluded the match with 8 rushes for 24 yards and two TDs. I’m amazed with his growth this offseason. I have a sensation he’s going to make some fantasy football homeowners very indignant this time.
9. Hollister: “Knox? Knox who?”
So, you are telling me that when Hollister is open and is thrown an straightforward go that he just … catches it? How novel! Gentleman, Dawson Knox had an additional undesirable drop on Saturday. Hollister in the second preseason game looked quick, difficult, and positive-handed. Limited ends are supposed to be a safety blanket for your QB. They need to be trustworthy. Now, I’m not saying Hollister is as dynamic as Dawson, but with the match on the line, who would you rely on to make that activity-successful catch? It’s possible that’s a problem we’ll have to revisit at some position this period.
10. Gregory Rousseau shines all over again
At the end of the working day, every little thing else was gravy. Gregory Rousseau was the major program, and he served up some thing delicious. This lurching leviathan showed out all over again and proceeds to show that his stellar university numbers were not a fluke. I saw double-teams rotating his way, but his duration and superhuman strength allowed him to continually get press back again to the quarterback. In minimal time, Groot compiled a sack, a tackle for reduction, and two QB hits. But additional importantly, he was constantly squeezing the pocket like a motor vehicle in a compacter. I do not want to jinx it (Adam knocks on wood), but this dude may possibly be the true deal.
- I definitely want to see Tommy Sweeney participate in additional.
- Darryl Johnson is seeking swoll, and at present, he is outplaying Basham and Obada.
- Andre Smith … didn’t know this was a preseason video game. Immediately after he took Fields’ head off, I could hear Apollo Creed’s mentor screaming, “This was meant to be an exhibition!”
- I really do not know what to make of Kumerow. He was fantastic on specific teams, and he had a wonderful TD get, but at occasions he struggled to get off at the line.
- Jake Fromm … when he throws, it appears to be like like the ball is relocating in gradual motion. This is not an NFL QB. Indeed, I know that Webb had a tough outing with two fumbles and what really should have been an interception, but I’d continue to effortlessly consider him around Fromm. Maybe some GM out there is a Georgia enthusiast and will trade a 7th for him? Doubtful. Content trails, Jake.
- Quit picking on Siran Neal. Indeed, he let up the one particular huge capture from us yesterday, but he stayed stride for stride with a speedster and was in great situation. Occasionally, men just make absurd catches.
- I’m seriously making the most of this Payments hurry protection. Outside the house of Fields’ scrambles, the Bears had been held to 40 yards speeding on 13 carries. That is 3.07 YPC. I’ll consider that.
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Remain safe out there, and Go Bills!